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Saturday, October 31: National Best Plays

by Jeff Siegel

October 31, 2020

Churchill Downs – 8th race: Post time: 4:36 ET
10-Milana (5-1)

Debuting daughter of Firing Line brought $150,000 at the OBS March Sale after impressing during the preview session with a :10 flat breeze and has continued to do well in the a.m. while preparing for this six furlong dash for top class connections. A healthy recent work tab should have her fit and ready, and in a field in which the known element looks moderate at best, the B. Cox-trained juvenile appears well-placed for a winning effort. She’s listed at 5-1 on the morning line and is worth a play at or near that price.

Del Mar – 5th race: Post time: 2:30 PT
1 – Annangel (5-1)

Showed improving form in three starts in England before being privately purchased and makes her U.S. debut as a first-time Lasix user from a favorable inside draw in this entry-level allowance turf miler restricted to 3-year-old fillies. The R. Baltas-trained Irish-bred tuned up with a bullet five furlong drill on dirt (:59 3/5, fastest of 17) 10 days ago to have her cranked and ready, so at 5-1 on the morning line she offers good wagering value in the win pool and in rolling exotic play.

Del Mar – 6th race: Post time: 3:00 PT
3 – From the Get Go (3-1)

Though he’s moving up from maiden $32,000 to maiden $50,000, this second-time starter exits a fast, highly rated race and should find this group well within his range. The L. Mendez-trained colt closed with interest to be a distant second at Santa Anita 19 days ago while finishing more than seven lengths clear of the rest and won’t need much improvement to graduate for a barn that has strong stats with second-timers. The weight break with the switch to bug boy D. Centeno won’t hurt, either.

Del Mar – 7th race: Post time: 3:30 PT
2 – Never Be Enough (5-1)

A winner of three of her last four starts, this Bay Area-based mare returns to Southern California with a legitimate chance to pull off a mild surprise in the Kathryn Crosby Stakes over a mile on grass for fillies and mares. From a high percentage outfit and drawn nicely inside, the English import has a chance to produce the last run if patiently handled in a race loaded with front-running types. A recent bullet workout at Golden Gate Fields should have her right on edge.